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Dean Daniel Filler Appointed to Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment

June 11, 2012

The Pennsylvania Joint State Government on Capital Punishment has appointed Senior Associate Dean Daniel M. Filler to its Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment.

The committee, established by 2011 Senate Resolution No. 6, is comprised of four state senators and approximately 30 members from various backgrounds.  The committee is tasked with investigating, among other things, the cost-effectiveness of the system, alternatives to capital punishment and whether the current methods of selection of defendants for capital trials are unfair or discriminatory.

Filler studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law. He clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit before becoming assistant public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and then staff attorney for the Bronx Defenders.